Police Identify Virginia Beach Shooter, Victims As Death Toll Climbs To 13

Saturday, June 1, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Sat, 06/01/2019

Police in Virginia Beach have delivered a more complete picture of Friday afternoon’s tragic shooting at a municipal building that has left 13 people dead, including the shooter, and four people injured, including a police officer who was reportedly saved by his bullet-proof vest.

During a Saturday morning news conference, Va. Beach Police Chief James Cervera identified the gunman as DeWayne Craddock, a civil engineer who was a 15-year employee of the city’s public utilities department. Craddock was armed with a .45 caliber handgun, and died after a long gun fight with police. Craddock died after a lengthy shootout with police. The weapon he used had been purchased legally, as Craddock had no criminal record to speak of.

Cervera also refused to speculate about a motive.

Craddock joined the army national guard after graduating from Denbigh High School in nearby Newport News, Virginia, in 1996. During his time in the national guard, he received basic military training and advanced individual training at Fort Sill in Oklahoma.

He eventually graduated with a degree in civil engineering from Old Dominion University, and worked a private firm for a few years before joining the town.

City Manager Dave Hansen said he had worked with Craddock for years. Others pointed out that his name frequently appeared on city notices.

“I have worked with most of them for many years,” said Dave Hansen, Virginia Beach City Manager. “We want you to know who they were so in the weeks to come you will learn what they meant to all of us, to their friends, to their families, and to their co-workers. They leave a void that we will never be able to fill.”

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